Dave Hartley has just released his second album as Nightlands, the self-described "baroque bedroom pop" project that is the Philadelphia musician and songwriter's chief creative outlet when he's not playing bass in The War On Drugs. It's called Oak Island, and it's out on Secretly Canadian. My interview with him is in today's Inquirer and here.
Hartley is a man of many hats. Besides singing in the Silver Ages and writing a basketball column for the WXPN music blog The Key called Top Of The Key, he's also an amateur photographer. This month, after Spin magazine named both Nightlands and Philadelphia power trio Purling Hiss as among the five artists to watch for January, Harltey returned the favor by providing the Spin web site with a 25 picture photo gallery that works as a love letter of sorts to Fishtown, where the Maryland native has lived for the past seven years. Check that out here.
On Monday, I went to a Sixers game Hartley and his War on Drugs band mate Adam Granduciel, in part to watch Matt Bonner, the San Antonio Spurs three-point shooting specialist who is the inspiration for the Hartley founded online campaign #LetBonnerShoot. the Eva Longria-endorsed movement's intention is to get the unfrashionable power forward into this year's NBA All-Star Weekend three-point shooting contest.
While Nick Young and Spencer Hawes were leading an improbably second half charge against the Spurs that predictably proved futile, Hartley talked about how much he appreciates the artistic ferment in Fishtown, where, as he put it, "the symbiotic element of it is pretty insane."